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“As close to perfection as you’re going to find in the world of ebook and POD publishing. The ebook royalties are the highest I’ve ever seen, and the print royalties are better than average. BookLocker understands what new authors experience, and has put together a package that is the best in the business. You can’t go wrong here. Plus, they’re selective and won’t publish any manuscript just because it’s accompanied by a check. Also, the web site is well trafficked. If you can find a POD or epublisher with as much integrity and dedication to selling authors’ books, but with lower POD publishing fees, please let me know.”
– Attorney Mark Levine, author of The Fine Print of Self-Publishing

 

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PACKAGE FEATURES

Paperback

Hardcover Combo

Interior Formatting Assistance

and PDF Conversion

Original Paperback
Cover Design1

ISBN

Barcode

Basic Epub/Mobi

Formatting and Distribution 4

Interior Formatting Verification

Cover Verification

Contract Type

First Year Annual

POD File Hosting Fee 5

Print Proof 6


D.I.Y.

Do It Yourself!

$78

$99 add-on 2

Not Included

$250 add-on

add-on

1st one free, then add-on 3

1st one free, then add-on 3

non-exclusive

At-Your-Service

 Most Popular!

$875

$499 add-on

non-exclusive

Expedited

2 Weeks!

$1,199

$499 add-on

non-exclusive


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1. ORIGINAL COVER DESIGN: See samples from BookLocker’s cover designer here. (Click on each cover at that link to see the entire cover – front, back and spine)

2. D.I.Y. HARDCOVER ADD: D.I.Y. authors are only charged $99 for the hardcover add-on but they must submit ready-to-print interior and cover files for the hardcover edition as well.

3. INTERIOR AND COVER VERIFICATION: For D.I.Y. authors, we will check your first set of files for free, and will send you a list of any formatting/design errors we notice. If you then submit another file with errors, a $35 spec-check fee will need to be paid for us to process each additional file.

4. BASIC EPUB/MOBI (EBOOK) FORMATTING AND DISTRIBUTION: Mobi is the ebook format used by Amazon for the Kindle. Epub is the ebook format used to everybody else. Most Epub/Mobi conversions are basic, have 2 or fewer graphics, and include an automated table of contents. Books with more complex formatting like extra graphics, footnotes, endnotes, an index, tables, etc. may require an extra fee. You can request a quote at any time.

5. ANNUAL POD FILE HOSTING FEE: The first year annual fees ($18) are included in all of our publishing programs. This fee keeps your book in BookLocker’s, the printer’s, and Ingram’s system. Ingram is the largest book distributor. Other firms charge upwards of $75 per year or more for this exact same service.

6. PRINT PROOF: The first printed and bound copy of your book, sent directly to you.


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Package Details

AT-YOUR-SERVICE – This is our most popular program. For books with basic to moderate formatting needs, it’s a simple and quick process. Just send us your manuscript as a word processing file (MSWord preferred) and we’ll get right to work. We will send the formatted file to you for any final changes or edits. This program includes original cover design but you can submit your own cover if you want. Ask about our payment plan if you need help with the up-front fees.

EXPEDITED – For authors who need the At-Your-Service Program level of assistance for a black-and-white-interior print paperback within two weeks. We’ll get your book to market approximately two weeks after you send your final file to us. Add extra time if you need to order and receive copies for an event. NOTE: Delivery of the print galley may be delayed for authors located outside of the U.S. because international shipping companies are not always reliable and even expedited international shipping can take longer than desired by us and the author. Once a book leaves the U.S., we and the author are at the mercy of foreign shipping services.

D.I.Y. – The author will provide us with professional, ready-to-print interior and cover PDF files. They must be formatted to our specs, which are provided in Step 4 of the publishing process, though you can request this link before you sign up. All authors must receive and approve a print proof before a book can be put on the market. Unlike the “other guys,” a real human being at BookLocker reviews all D.I.Y. files to ensure they meet the printer’s requirements. The “other guys” make you wait for you to receive your print galley to discover you made mistakes. They then charge you more money later to “fix” the problem(s), wasting your time, and costing you more money. You’ll then need to buy ANOTHER print proof to review for any additional errors, etc., etc. If a D.I.Y. author submits files with errors, we will send them a list of those errors at no additional charge. If a D.I.Y. author’s second set of files also contain errors, the author agrees to pay an additional $35 for BookLocker to process new files, and to send a new list of formatting/design errors. D.I.Y. authors can upgrade to our full-service program at any time.

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The Fine Print

BookLocker is NOT a traditional publisher. Authors are responsible for promoting their own books. All authors are provided with a free copy of 90+ DAYS OF PROMOTING YOUR BOOK ONLINE: Your Book’s Daily Marketing Plan. We are also happy to provide free advice, and to answer any marketing questions you may have. The marketing products and services offered by “the other guys” usually cost far more than any resulting book sales. We don’t do business that way. We know how to promote books and we teach authors how to do so through their free copy of 90+ Days of Promoting Your Book Online.

ATTN: D.I.Y. – DO-IT-YOURSELF AUTHORS: If you sign up for the D.I.Y. package, but can’t provide the files to our specs, you will need to either hire someone to do the work for you, or you will need to pay our designers for assistance. If you are not adept at MSWord and design programs, please do not sign up for the D.I.Y. program. If a D.I.Y. author submits incorrect files two times, we will then need to charge additional fees in order to review the new files, and to send lists of items that need to be fixed.

Cancellations prior to work being performed on your book: We understand that authors occasionally need to cancel their BookLocker.com contract for a variety of reasons. If you request a refund after payment is made, but before any file transmissions or formatting work is completed on your book, that is fine. However, BookLocker.com will retain a 25% cancellation fee to cover labor and transaction costs associated with processing the cancellation. When you pay your fee to us, you are agreeing that you understand a 25% cancellation fee will apply to all fees that were paid. However, if any file transmissions have occurred, or work has begun on your book or cover art, no refunds are permitted. This policy applies to all payments made during sign-up. Refunds are not permitted on D.I.Y. projects.

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